Munster Hitch


  • Used for controlling the rate at which a rope is fed out, especially under tension. Normally used on a screw-gate karabiner.


  • When not under tension, the rope can be fed easily and rapidly in either direction, but jams effectively to limit a fall when the belayer pulls firmly on the free end.


  • Very effective in holding a big shock load, the knot relies on rope-onrope friction which may damage the sheath.
  • Twists the rope when abseiling or lowering a load.